Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Nobrow Short Story Competition

The Nobrow Short Story Competition is open until 2nd December 2019, midnight BST time. Up to twelve winning entries will be published in a short story anthology. One overall winner will receive £2,000 and all other selected contributors will receive £150 each. Submit a short story or a creative non-fiction piece of up to 3,000 […]

Living Well Poetry Competition

The Living Well Poetry Competition is open until September 30, 2019. The competition is in aid of Isabel Hospice in Hertfordshire, based on the charity’s ethos of ‘Living Well’. You can interpret the theme in any way you like and your poem can be in any format. Maximum 30 lines (excluding the title) or 350 […]

Closed: RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction

The RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction are open until September 16, 2019 (5pm). There are two awards, one for £10,000 and the other for £5,000, to provide financial support for new writers to complete their first book of non-fiction for a mainstream audience. You must be a resident of the UK or Ireland […]

Golden Hare Award

The Golden Hare Award for Scottish Flash Fiction is open until September 30, 2019. Open to anyone over 18 years who is resident in Scotland. To apply, submit stories on any topic, up to 250 words to the Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award (EIFFA). Prize: Trophy commemorating the Golden Hare Award Winner 2020, £300, publication […]

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize opens on September 18, 2019 and closes on January 17, 2020 (noon). The prize is open to women over 21 who have not had a full-length novel published. You must be resident in the UK or Ireland. Submit the first 40-50 pages of your novel and a synopsis of […]

The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2019-2020

The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2019-2020 is open until February 7, 2020. The competition is run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council. Open to all ages. This year, they are looking for short stories and poems that explore new worlds. It’s free to enter for under 18s. Entry for adults […]

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Gransnet and HQ Writing Competition

Gransnet and HQ Writing Competition. Deadline: September 30, 2019. Gransnet are running the competition with HQ, an imprint of Harper Collins. The competition is for women writers over the age of 40. No entry fee. Applicants are asked to write 20,000 words and they are specifically looking for stories that feature a woman over the […]

The Aryamati Poetry Prize

The Aryamati Poetry Prize is open until National Poetry Day 2019, the 3rd of October 2019 at 12pm UK Time. The prize is inspired by non-fiction author, Olga Kenyon (Aryamati), a keen author on women’s writing over the years. So they are looking for poetry on the themes of social change and peace. Prizes include […]

Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition

The Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition is now open until September 30, 2019. Theme: Ghost Story Word Count: 4000 The prizes for the adult’s competition are: 1st: 40% of the entry fee; 2nd: 20%; 3rd: 10% The prize for the children’s competition is a £50 one4all gift card. They will publish an anthology with the […]

SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers

The SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers is open until October 15, 2019. The prize for this year-long virtual fellowship is $1000 ($200 upon winning the fellowship and $200 for each of 4 stories workshopped and published in the 2020 quarterly issues of SmokeLong Quarterly). It’s open to anyone aged 18 and over, writing in […]

Sussex Poetry Competition

The Sussex Poetry Competition is open until October 20, 2019. It’s open to anyone with links to Sussex. Prizes: First prize – £1000. Runner up – £250. Second runner up – Work, Write, Live creative writing course (University of Brighton). First prize – student competition – £150. Four highly commended prizes – £25. Judge: Dr […]

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize 2019

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize 2019 opens on August 19th and closes on September 27th, 2019 This year the prize is focused on unproduced writers aged over 55 who are based in North West England. Prize: £1500 Submit scripts at least 40 minutes long. They say, “We’re eager to read new work which throws light on […]

Owl Canyon Press Hackathon Short Story Competition

The Owl Canyon Press Hackathon Short Story Competition is open until September 30, 2019. Free to enter. Submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The competition provides the 1st and 20th paragraphs, and you craft the rest.   Prizes: $3,000, $2,000, $1,000. The winners and finalists will be published in an anthology. More here.

The Next Chapter Award 2019

The Next Chapter Award 2019 is open until September 18, 2019. The award comes from the Scottish Book Trust and supports an emerging writer. Open to poets, novelists, short story writers, authors of narrative non-fiction and children’s authors aged 40 or over and based in Scotland. Entries are invited in English, Scots and a combination […]

Mslexia Fiction Competitions 2019

The Mslexia Fiction Competitions are open until September 30, 2019. The competitions are open to women of any nationality from any country. Flash Fiction Submit up to 300 words. Entry Fee: £5 per story. First prize is £500. Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the March […]

Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest 2019

The Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest 2019 is open until November 2, 2019. Free to enter. Prizes: $50, $25. The winners and honorable mentions will be read on a podcast and published on the Weird Christmas website. Your story should be weird or strange or odd and it must be related to any winter holiday […]

Southport Writers’ Circle International Short Story Competition

The Southport Writers’ Circle International Short Story Competition is open until October 31, 2019. Prizes: £150, £80, £30 Chief Judge: Dr Anna Maddison Submit original, unpublished stories of up to 2000 words in any style or genre. Entry fee: £3 per story: £10 for four stories. More here.

Poetry Society National Poetry Competition

The Poetry Society National Poetry Competition is open until October 31, 2019. Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000. 7 runner-up prizes of £200 each. The top three winners will be published in Poetry Review. Judges: Mona Arshi, Helen Mort, Maurice Riordan Entry Fee: £7 for the first, £4 thereafter. More here.

The Word Poetry Competition

The Word Poetry Competition is open until October 3, 2019 (5pm). Free to enter. Lichfield Cathedral is inviting new poems inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing on the theme “light in our darkness”. The poems will be displayed in the cathedral as part of its first poetry festival this autumn. Prizes: £100, […]

Southam Book Festival 2019 – Flash Fiction Competition

The Southam Book Festival 2019 – Flash Fiction Competition is open until September 21, 2019. Entries must be no more than 100 words and must contain the words ‘water dripped’. Entry Fee: £2 per story or £8 for up to six stories. First Prize is £50 and there will also be prizes for runners up […]

John Byrne Award

The John Byrne Award is open until January 31, 2020. Free to enter. Open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland. The award is an online exhibition and competition exploring personal and societal values. There will be a monthly prize for the single best entry received in every month. Then the judges will review all […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until September 30, 2019. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £75, £25. Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Dinesh Allirajah Prize

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize is open until October 25, 2019. The prize is organised by the University of Central Lancashire and Comma Press. Free to enter. One entry per writer. The prize is open to anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK. Submit stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words on […]

NUHA Blogging Prize 2019

The NUHA Blogging Prize 2019 is open until October 12, 2019. Free to enter. The prize comes from the charity, the NUHA foundation. The competition is a blogging competition. To participate, respond to one of the set topics on their site. There are three categories: Adult, Youth and Young Writer. Prizes: Adult Prize: up to […]

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020 will open on August 1, 2019 and will close on December 2, 2019 (5pm). The competition is hosted by the charity InterAct Stroke Support. The charity is dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. The readings are designed to […]

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2019

The Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2019 is open until September 30, 2019. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and upwards. Entries must be original plays and should not be previously published or publicly performed. Entry fee per play: £8 The play should have a running time of 25-35 minutes, should […]

2019 Manchester Writing Competition

The 2019 Manchester Writing Competition is open until September 20, 2019. There are £10,000 prizes for the best short story of up to 2,500 words and the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Entry Fees: £17.50 for each category. There are a limited number of reduced price entries for […]

The Val Wood Prize 2019: Love Letters

The Val Wood Prize 2019: Love Letters is open until September 21, 2019. Free to enter. Submit stories in the form of a love letter, up to 1500 words. Prizes: £100, £50 and two concessions of £25. The winning entries will also be published on Val Wood’s website and Borrowbox, the digital library. More here.

Perito Prize

The Perito Prize will open on September 1st and close on October 1st, 2019. Free to enter. Submit short stories, 1000-2000 words. Theme: Accessibility. One entry per person. First Prize is a cash prize of £250 and the story will be published on their website. Further details here.

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The Festival of Words Poetry Competition is open until November 30, 2019. Free to enter for children. Entry fee for adults is £3. Theme: ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’. Prizes for adult category: Larkin prize: £500. Second prize: £200. Third Prize: £100 Primary school prize: £50. Secondary school prize: £75 The judging panel includes James Nash, […]

Soundwork Monologue Competition

The Soundwork Monologue Competition is open until September 30, 2019. Free to enter. Any style or theme. Up to ten minutes duration. The winning entry will be recorded by a professional actor and will be placed on Soundcloud and soundwork-uk.co.uk along with a photo. More here.

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly competition. Submit up to 1,500 words. Any theme or genre. You may submit up to three stories in each quarter. Closing dates are: 30th April 31st July 31st October 31st January Entry fees: £5 for the first story, £3 for the second, £2 for the third […]

Writing Writers Drabble Contest

The Writing Writers Drabble Contest is a monthly competition. Free to enter. No set theme or subject matter. If you enter the competition, you are granting permission to publish the story on the Writing Writers Website so they can open voting. Submit one drabble per month. All entries will be posted on the website anonymously […]

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

The Writing District Competition

The Writing District competition is an ongoing monthly competition. Closing last date of every month. Free to enter Prize includes $50 and online publication. Further details here.  Note that The Writing District is our sister site.

A3 Review Monthly Contest

The A3 Review monthly contest is open until the 4th Saturday of every month. They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150. The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of […]

1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.

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